Workshops

The workshop programme aims to increase the capacity of delegates to implement and advocate for effective, evidence-informed HIV policies and interventions in their respective communities and countries.

Workshops can be 90 or 150 minutes in length and in languages other than English.


Workshops have a limited participant capacity. Seating will be granted on a first-come first-seated basis. Participants are encouraged to arrive 15-20 minutes prior to the start time.


Background

AIDS 2016 will offer more than 40 high-quality, targeted workshops that will promote and enhance opportunities for knowledge sharing, skills development and collaborative learning. Half of the workshops will be designed by the conference programme committees, and the remaining workshops will be selected from proposals submitted by delegates through the AIDS 2016 website. The proposals will be reviewed by an independent reviewing committee, and each proposal will be assessed by at least three reviewers. The final selection will be conducted by the AIDS 2016 Workshop Working Group, composed of members selected from the programme committees and the conference coordinating committee.

The workshop submission period closed on 4th February 2016. All proposals have been reviewed and notifications regarding acceptance or rejection have been sent.


Workshop Focus Areas

AIDS 2016 workshops are grouped into three broad areas: community, leadership, or science. These areas cover a range of content and teach specific skills that can be applied within the workplace or in life settings. The main purpose of the grouping is to guide delegates to workshops that will best correspond to their needs.


Community

Experience shows that community involvement is an essential part of the response to combatting the HIV epidemic. This series of workshops will showcase effective community empowerment programmes that are strengthening public health outcomes in HIV treatment, prevention, care and support. These workshops will emphasize the importance of building skills and capacity in relation to peer-driven programmes and services that are run 'by and for' people living with HIV and key affected communities.

Participating in these workshops will enable delegates to broaden their knowledge and skills in mobilizing key affected populations and local communities to implement effective and sustainable programmes. By sharing the successes of global community responses to HIV, workshops will emphasize the importance of building partnerships and strengthening networks between civil society, policy makers and health professionals.


Leadership

Workshops provide a platform for new and current leaders to learn innovative skills which are critical for an effective response to the HIV epidemic. Delegates will develop and enhance their ability to assess and measure commitments and actions of leaders in their own communities.

The intention is to provide practical advice on best practice, and to challenge individuals and organizations to consider ways in which they go about developing leadership skills and accountable processes. The workshops seek to understand such practices and examine what outcomes are possible for an effective, transparent and coordinated HIV response.


Science

Workshops enhance skills development and encourage collaborative learning around the latest scientific research, emerging technologies and breakthroughs in policy and programme in order to inform and guide the global response to the HIV epidemic.

Workshops in this category will serve to (1) accelerate the scaling-up of evidence-informed and combined approaches to HIV care, treatment and prevention; (2) highlight excellence in biomedical, epidemiological, behavioral, social, economic, political, and operational research as well as in multi-disciplinary science; and (3) discuss the impact of the HIV response on health and social systems, including the potential for effective HIV programmes to transform the response for today and for generations to come..


Workshop Levels

Workshop topics are classified according to levels of experience and expertise of the target audience. The purpose is to guide conference delegates in identifying and selecting the workshop session that best meet their needs.

Foundation Level – For learners new to a career in HIV and health, these workshops are intended to build strong foundation skills and knowledge.

Intermediate Level - For mid-career learners who have a strong foundation, looking to further advance their professional expertise and become more effective team leaders; these workshops offer a robust selection of topics that will help delegates to specialize their focus, explore new areas and opportunities, or expand their skills to the next level of professional development.

Advanced Level – For those who have been working in HIV and health for years, and are looking for new, fresh approaches to the HIV response, and delivering on high-stakes’ projects. These workshops should allow delegates to build and nurture their talent, while increasing their own influence and marketability, and strengthening engagement with key experts at leading global health organizations.